Friday, November 5, 2010

Bringing Back Sunshine


Bringing Back Sunshine, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.
I just got back from Oriental Mindoro with sunburn, mosquito bites and loads of happy experiences.
My friends and I visited places including Calapan City, Mansalay, Bulalacao and Puerto Galera. The travel hours were long but getting to each of the places was totally worth it. Not only were we welcomed by breathtaking views, we also had the pleasure of meeting the warmest and kindest of people. I feel lucky and blessed to be part of their moments and share their sunshine. :)

Hope you enjoy them. :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

little angels


little angels, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.
My nephew, my godson and my niece.

I'll be covering a traditional Mangyan wedding this weekend. The wedding is not til Saturday but I've decided to go down from Baguio earlier to have time for visiting family and friends.

In the first photo is John Zachary, my one month old nephew. Next is one year old Dylan Ashton, my godson. In the last photo is Carmela Isabel, my three year old niece. I'm thankful for the rare chances I get to spend with them. Little kids never fail to show me life is simple and colorful. To be happy, all you need is a song, a dance or a gummy bear. :)

p.s. Here's a link to my new site by JI Creatives: In the Mood for Light

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Random Inspirations


Raizah, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.
"Sensitive people faced with the prospect of a camera portrait put on a face they think is one they would like to show the world. ...Very often what lies behind the facade is rare and more wonderful than the subject knows or dares to believe." -Irving Penn, 1975.

For nearly a month now, I've been doing a themed daily challenge cooked up by a fellow blipper (one who posts "blips" at blipfoto.com). Today's challenge was "Portrait." Although I'm not that good at it yet, portraiture is one of the genres I love because I so enjoy the challenges and the pleasures of interacting with the subject. Needless to say, I was excited and at the same time slightly nervous in pulling off today's theme.

I feel quite fortunate to have met several wonderful people earlier who were willing subjects. 
First one I met was Manong Luis, the puto/kutsinta vendor I photographed a couple of months ago and whose photo belongs to my Street Project. I almost didn't recognize him because he wasn't wearing a cap and he seems to know how to smile and laugh now, (peace Manong. :D). 
Then I met Aling Nelly, a keychain vendor for almost 10 years now at Burnham Park. I heard her humming while she was busy labeling her wares so I dared to ask if I could take her photo. She smiled and told me I was welcome to do so. 
Finally, I met Aling Raizah here. I saw her laughing with a fellow vendor so I gathered my guts again and asked her permission to be photographed. Thank goodness she said yes too. :)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Simple Joys


Simple Joys, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.

I was with Aling Leonida, subject of my Baguio 100&One Exhibit photo yesterday. She called me and asked if she could keep her framed photo. I said, yes, of course she could have it after the exhibit and then I offered to accompany her to SM so we could visit the exhibit together. 

I then dropped by her "pwesto"/stall space at Malcolm Square to fetch her and her friends. She kept telling me how happy she was that for the first time in her life, people would come up to her and tell her they saw her photo and all. Meanwhile, I don't have enough words to describe how happy it made me feel to see her all smiles while relating her experiences. 

This is her , saying: "Ako naman ang magpipicture sayo!"  :-)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Photography as Art


Photography as Art, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.

(An amateur's take on why photography is an art)

I was invited to speak on digital photography as part of a former room mate's report on contemporary art. I was in panic mode for a couple of days as 1) I do not have extensive knowledge and experience yet to be a good resource speaker. 2) I have developed stage fright over the years so I tend to have panic attacks before, during and after speaking which is really bad.

Anyway, I prepared this to "save me" when I am no longer making sense during the talk.hehe.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Joy Ride


Joy Ride, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. (Unknown)

Goodness, it's Sunday again! The week surely knows how to fly.

I got up at 4am, incredibly without difficulty compared to working days when I really need to wake up that early. Ha! Maybe I should try thinking it's always a weekend.:)

Planned to post another sunrise image but ended up with this one instead. :)

I was walking along the market area on my way to the La Trinidad jeepney terminal when I heard shouts of glee. As I turned, I saw two kids were jumping excitedly as a man (most likely their father) was re-arranging the sacks in his cart. Then, I saw the kids boarding the cart, laughing their hearts out. They'll be getting a joy ride today! Yay!

Happy Sunday ! :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let the Sunshine In


Let the Sunshine In, originally uploaded by sofia_olga.
The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The quote may not be the perfect fit for the photo but it's something I stumbled upon which made me smile because it's true for me. I often complain first before counting my blessings. This should serve as a reminder to reverse my practice and start being more thankful to daily gifts from this universe.